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Religious beliefs, knowledge about science and attitudes towards medical genetics

Allum, Nick, Sibley, Elissa, Sturgis, Patrick ORCID: 0000-0003-1180-3493 and Stoneman, Paul (2014) Religious beliefs, knowledge about science and attitudes towards medical genetics. Public Understanding of Science, 23 (7). 833 - 849. ISSN 0963-6625

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0963662513492485

Abstract

The use of genetics in medical research is one of the most important avenues currently being explored to enhance human health. For some, the idea that we can intervene in the mechanisms of human existence at such a fundamental level can be at minimum worrying and at most repugnant. In particular, religious doctrines are likely to collide with the rapidly advancing capability for science to make such interventions. The key ingredient for acceptance of genetics, on the other hand, is prototypically assumed to be scientific literacy – familiarity and understanding of the critical facts and methods of science. However, this binary opposition between science and religion runs counter to what is often found in practice. In this paper, we examine the association between religiosity, science knowledge and attitudes to medical genetics amongst the British public. In particular, we test the hypothesis that religion acts as a ‘perceptual filter’ through which citizens acquire and use scientific knowledge in the formation of attitudes towards medical genetics in various ways.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2013 The Authors
Divisions: Methodology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH426 Genetics
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2019 14:27
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2020 02:53
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/101951

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